Thanks. Saw new GI today. The switch is official. To keep seeing the old guy is just crazy in my opinion. The dragging of the feet is one thing. But the lying? I can’t take that. Not acceptable.
So. The new guy is going to send orders over to the infusion center for 10 mg of Inflectra every 6 weeks. He said to follow up with the infusion center in a day and if “you hear anything …like they didnt get my orders, call my office”. “This process can take a while. I don’t want to lose any time”.
So. That’s was encouraging.
He asked me when I had my last colonoscopy. I told him it was End of March 2021. We tried to get on that hospitals portal through my phone so he could review the results. My iPhone was being wonky. We weren’t able to get in. “Do you remember your results?’ I said, “Yes. He said everything looked good. No polyps. And this was the senior GI guy in that practice. It wasn’t my old doc who did it.”
Not sure if the new guy will contact the old guy for the hard copy results. I guess. Oh well. What will be, will be.
He pressed me for why I am switching doctors. I said “ I really prefer not to bash the old guy”. He said, “please tell me, I don’t want to make the same mistake.” So I told him.
I didn’t say the old guy was a liar. I just said he was very slow to work with my insurance company. He would say he would get things done with Cigna, tell me he had sent the paperwork over to them …then Id follow up with Cigna, and it hadn’t been done.
So. Well I guess I did say he’s a liar, but it was implied. I didnt directly call him that.
I told the new guy my 5 mg infusion was just yesterday morning. So. Hopefully we can get the new dose through quickly. He said I have to be patient as working with the insurance companies is getting tougher and tougher. I said, I understand.
The big change here with the new GI is …I can tell he is not a fan of prednisone at all. He wants me to start tapering down asap tomorrow morning. Go down to 15 mg a day for a week. Then drop to 10 mg a week. Then 5 mg a week. Then get off. No matter what. He listed all the potential down sides to prednisone. Of which, I know them all from here. But the way he rattled them off….well….I was thinking to myself, I don’t think this guy will be prescribing me any prednisone down the road. I said, “well, what if things start to get bad while I am tapering?” Prednisone has been the only thing that has helped me to live a somewhat normal life when things have gone down hill”.
He said, “let’s cross that bridge when we get there. There are other drugs I can put you on.” “Some of those drugs can be expensive too. And the insurance company doesn’t like me prescribing those. But that’s what we are going to do”
I said. “Ok. Fine by me”.
I have a follow up appointment with him on July 5. Which would be the 4 week mark after my infusion. The last three infusions that’s about
when things started to go bad, at about
3-1/2 weeks…so, that’s why I scheduled my next visit for then.
I asked him, “so you think the increase Inflectra dose is the right plan here? And he said yes. Based on what you’ve told me, how it works for 3 weeks, then stops working, that tells me an increase dose will probably get you where we need you to be. That’s the right plan for now for sure.”
So. The old guy was a liar. And a feet dragger. But he wasn’t a total moron. Lol.
Post Edited (Rusty Barr) : 6/7/2022 12:48:04 PM (GMT-6)